Twelve animals hit and killed the roads in Marloth Park in past two weeks...

This hippo was very far away from us when we took this photo.  It was only after we uploaded it that we noticed how many oxpeckers were on his hide.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Yesterday, we spotted this ostrich family near this vehicle.  It was over four years ago we saw our first ostrich in the wild in Marloth Park.  It was on December 7, 2013, that we'd spotted an ostrich standing next to this exact same vehicle at this exact same property, looking at himself in the window of the vehicle.  Click here for that post.  See photo below from that date!

From the December 7, 2013 post:  "While on a walk in our neighborhood Tom spotted this ostrich that had wandered into a homeowner's yard appearing to be fascinated by looking at himself in the window."
Its heartbreaking to see in a post for Marloth Park in Facebook that 12 wild animals have been killed on the roads in the park.  Certainly, some of these horrible incidents have been unavoidable.  But, the remainder may be attributed to visitors driving too fast on the tar road that runs from one end of the park to the other.

There are two 24-hour a day guarded gates to enter into Marloth Park, the only access points.  Entering via Gate #1 requires a very long and bumpy ride on a dirt road from the N4 highway but is technically shorter (distance wise, not time-wise) than driving the extra distance on the highway to Gate #2.  Rarely do any locals attempt to drive to Gate #1. 
Each time we're near the Crocodile River we see waterbucks. They live in herds of 6 to 30 animals, with one male who defends his territory.
It's hard to say who these careless drivers may be and how they've entered the park.  They could be renters living in a holiday house or others entering the park to explore and see wildlife or...others with dinner reservations at any of the local restaurants or...could be troublemakers up to "no good."

With all the traffic and noise we heard last night, loud voices, loud music, and engines revving we can't help but wonder if they have somehow made their way into the park with little to no regard for the quality of life here.
We've been lucky to see elephants along the river road most days we go out for a drive. Yesterday was no exception.
In yesterday's post, we addressed some of these issues that crop up during the busy school-holiday season and other holidays times.  Please see this link here.  It's possible the commotion will continue until well into August. 

Lately, we've heard about major criminal incidents in and around the area.  We stay on constant alert to protect ourselves and our belongings.  Luckily, most of the homes here have alarm systems, like ours but we all know they can be compromised.
Whether we spot one or 30 elephants, it's always awe-inspiring.
We can only hope and pray that those who've rented holiday homes will offer the utmost of kindness and concern for the peaceful and pleasing way of life only found in Marloth Park.

Yesterday afternoon, while driving along the river, we spotted a 5 or 6-year-old kid steering an SUV while sitting on his dad's lap. What was this guy thinking?  This scenario could be one of many careless cases and causes of wildlife being killed on the roads.  Careless driving.
"The elephant's trunk is able to sense the size, shape, and temperature of an object. An elephant uses its trunk to lift food and suck up water then pour it into its mouth. elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh. Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water."
For our worldwide readers who are not located in this area, we apologize for continually bringing up these topics.  We're hoping that if only one person staying or visiting Marloth Park sees our posts, maybe one animal will be saved.

On a lighter note, we're doing quite well.  With a 90% improvement in my health since eliminating dairy from my diet, several weeks ago, I am literally on Cloud 9.  To finally not have an awful stomach ache after over two years, I'm enjoying everything we do 10-fold. 
"There are three distinct species of elephant left in the world: The Asian elephant and African elephant which are the forest and savanna elephant species."
As we drove through Marloth Park yesterday, I described to Tom how wonderful it feels to be free of the constant pain and discomfort while riding on the very bumpy dirt roads in the park.  Also, the freedom of not constantly worrying over what the problem could be has been equally liberating. 
"The elephant’s gestation period is 22 months, longer than any other land animal in the world. A newborn human baby weighs an average of 3 kg (7 pounds) while a newborn elephant baby can weigh up to 118 kg (260 pounds)! The baby can stand up shortly after being born."
In addition, as of today, after one month, I've lost 3.6 kg (8 pounds) from eliminating dairy while watching portions and my clothes have begun to fit better.  
Cape Buffaloes may be referred to as the mafia, not only because of their strong character but because they never forgive and almost always seek revenge. They have been recorded seeking revenge on someone years after being threatened by them.
I plan to continue on this path of a slow weight loss so that by the time summer begins on December 21st, with temperatures in the 40C's (104Fs), I'll finally fit back into all my shorts. It's too hot in the summers here to wear Capri-length or long jeans all day while sitting outdoors on the veranda.
This appears to be a blooming aloe vera plant.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.
As for today, soon, we'll head to the post office with our tracking number to see if they can track our missing package.  It was sent on May 23, 2018, and has yet to arrive.  This is not unusual as we often find ourselves waiting for a shipment for upwards of two months.

After the post office, once again, we'll drive through the park, continuing our search for the lion (to no avail, thus far) and of course, any other wildlife that graces us with their presence.

Have a peaceful and meaningful day!

Photo from one year ago today, June 26,2017:
One year ago today, I joined Maisie, Madighan, and daughter-in-law Camille at The Stages Theater in Hopkins , Minnesota where the four of us saw a local production of Shrek.  For more photos, please click here.


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